FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes underwent successful surgery to repair his right knee Thursday.
“We’ve been in communication with him, and he’s finished with the procedure,” coach Mike Smith said.
The Falcons have not set a timetable for his return, but players with similar surgeries are out two to three weeks, according to Dr. Jonathan Glashow, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of sports medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Grimes had been playing with the injury since the Detroit game Oct. 23.
“We see a lot of players who get tears mid-season and we try to put the surgery off until after the season if they don’t bother them so much,” said Glashow, who has been a medical consultant for ESPN. “Sometimes the tears get so big and bothersome that they interfere with their function or ability to run. … A lot of times we get players back in two to three weeks. It’s certainly been done before.”
If Grimes can hit the early part of that window, he could be back in time to play against Jacksonville and have a game under his belt before the Falcons play the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 26 in a game that may decide the NFC South title.
The surgery should not affect Grimes’ extraordinary leaping ability.
“Unless it’s really a huge tear, which I doubt this is, mostly likely he’ll get everything back,” Glashow said. “Some of these young fellows are really incredible athletes, and they are able to return amazingly quick even after a surgery.”
John Abraham DE Full Participation in Practice — Not Injury Related
Sam Baker T Limited Participation in Practice — Back
Tony Gonzalez TE Full Participation in Practice — Not Injury Related
Brent Grimes CB Did Not Participate In Practice — Knee
Kelvin Hayden CB Did Not Participate In Practice — Toe
Julio Jones WR Did Not Participate In Practice — Hamstring
Todd McClure C Full Participation in Practice — Not Injury Related
Stephen Nicholas LB Did Not Participate In Practice — Quadricep
Dunta Robinson CB Full Participation in Practice — Neck
Michael Turner RB Did Not Participate In Practice — Groin
Vance Walker DT Limited Participation in Practice — Groin
Did Not Participate in Practice
DE Tim Bulman Calf
FB Lawrence Vickers Hamstring
Limited Participation in Practice
LB Brian Cushing Ribs
TE Garrett Graham Hamstring
WR Andre Johnson Knee
Full Participation in Practice
LB Mister Alexander Shoulder
CB Jason Allen Thumb
G Mike Brisiel Ankle
NT Shaun Cody Toe/Ankle
TE Owen Daniels Knee
LB Tim Dobbins Shoulder
TE Joel Dreessen Neck
CB Johnathan Joseph Hip
FS Danieal Manning Ankle
SS Glover Quin Elbow
DE Antonio Smith Shoulder/Back
G Wade Smith Ankle
DE J.J. Watt Knee/Thigh
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog